Beargrass Creek Overlook
The Beargrass Creek Overlook will be surrounded by the Woodland Gardens and will provide up-close views of the tree canopy in the area. Guests will also be treated to glimpses of turtles, herons, and other wildlife gathering along Beargrass Creek.
Classroom, Greenhouse, and Workshop
The three support buildings for this phase will include a classroom, a greenhouse and workshop for volunteers. These three support buildings will allow us to engage visitors, students and volunteers on a deeper level in terms of working in the gardens, or participating in classes and workshops.
The plaza around the Graeser Family Education Center and Gardens will allow for easy access to the individual gardens, fountains and buildings. The plaza will be designed for accessibility for all guests regardless of age, size, ability or limitations.
The Plaza will include a beautiful Fountain with flowers and will be in view of the Graeser Family Education Center.
The Water Wall will be a beautiful feature and will sit at the far end of the Edible Garden Plaza across from the Education Center. The Water Wall will intrigue visitors and frame outdoor events and weddings.
The Graeser Family Education Center will be designed with an outer, covered deck that will have a view of the Education Gardens as well as the Woodland Garden. The covered outdoor walkways will allow visitors to experience the view from the building in all types of weather, and provide easy access from interior to exterior space.
Beargrass Creek Pathway
The Graeser Family Education Center and surrounding gardens sit up on a hill above Beargrass Creek. The pathway will provide a shaded walk through the Woodland Garden, down to Beargrass Creek. This will be an important connector and will allow students to study flora and fauna alongside the creek.
The Tree Allée leads to the Beargrass Creek Overlook and will be lined with 24 American Beech trees. This path will be heavily shaded and beautiful in all seasons.
The Pollinator Garden will allow students and visitors to immerse themselves in the world of pollinators. All plants will be native to this area, and have been selected to attract birds, bees and butterflies.
Kentucky Native Garden
The Kentucky Native Garden will include a variety of plants native to Kentucky, allowing visitors to learn about these various species and why they are important to our region.
The Edible Garden located just outside the Education Center will be made up of small and large planted beds with herbs and other edibles. Volunteers and students will be able to work in these gardens to learn more about maintained edible gardens.
The Education 100 is a group of 100 donors who have committed $10,000 each to support the completion of the Education Center. These 100 donors will be permanently recognized in the building through an artistic installation.
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Throughout the Education plaza, there will be benches available for visitors to sit and take in the beautiful surroundings. Available in both shade and sun, the benches will be a permanent part of the plaza landscape.
Trees in the Tree Allée
As an immersive botanical experience along the gardens’ central promenade, the Allée will be planted with 24 American Beech trees to provide shade, and give visitors a beautiful setting to stroll through the gardens and enjoy the surrounding plants and activities.
In the Education Gardens surrounding the Graeser Family Education Center and in the Woodland Gardens, a variety of trees will provide shade and beauty for visitors. The trees will be identified so that students can learn about the trees they are experiencing, and the importance of these trees in the landscape and surrounding environment.
Brick in the Beargrass Creek Pathway
This pathway connects the Graeser Family Education Center and gardens down to the Butchertown Greenway and Beargrass Creek. Each brick may contain 2 lines of 18 characters, including spacing and punctuation.
To become a sponsor, please email Elizabeth Chandler, Development Manager, at email@example.com.